The energy crisis and inflated gas prices in Europe have laid bare an obvious contradiction in the EU’s previous energy policies and their orientation on spot trade. Not long ago, long-term gas contracts – and not only those linked to Russia – were regarded by the Europeans as a form of bondage, which would not only increase the EU’s dependence on individual suppliers, …
Monthly Archive: December 2023
Contradictions continue to tear apart Germany’s ruling coalition. There is no agreement on either domestic or foreign policy between Olaf Scholz’s party, the Greens, and the Free Democratic Party. The media is pouring oil on the fire, pointing out the cabinet’s wavering and even opportunism in the form of inappropriate budget expenditure and a €60-billion hole that has developed as a result.
After the damage to the Nord Stream pipelines and a significant reduction in supplies of gas from Russia, including a complete cessation of supplies via the Yamal–Europe pipeline, the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine’s territory has remained one of the last routes for supplying the EU with gas, although it has decreased to a third of its pre-war level…
As an outcome of high-level talks in Berlin at the end of September involving German chancellor Olaf Scholz and Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan is increasing oil supplies to Germany on a long-term basis – by around 2 million tonnes annually, and possibly even more in the future….
Gas Infrastructure Europe reported in early October 2023 that 95.99% of its gas storage facilities were filled, surpassing last winter’s peak. What’s more, the result was achieved a month and a half earlier than in the 2022-23 winter season. However, it would be premature to celebrate the success of the European energy sector, since Russian gas supplies might not prove easy to replace in the long run.
According to assessments by experts, the situation in the EU’s energy market remains stable in the run-up to the winter of 2023-4. The continuing crisis in Ukraine and ongoing dependence on foreign energy suppliers including Russia and Qatar are of course having a negative effect.